British International School, Phuket
Tengoku British International School, Phuket
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search

Heads roll after censure debate

BANGKOK: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has sacked Deputy Agriculture Minister Thamanat Prompow and Deputy Labour Minister Narumon Pinyosinwat, two key figures in the ruling Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP), in what is believed to be fallout from last week’s censure debate.

By Bangkok Post

Friday 10 September 2021, 07:36AM

Thamanat: Insists he quit. Photo: Bangkok Post

Thamanat: Insists he quit. Photo: Bangkok Post

The sackings are expected to bring about a further revamp of ministerial seats in the cabinet and in the PPRP.

The removal orders for Capt Thamanat and Ms Narumon, which were royally endorsed, were announced in the Royal Gazette yesterday (Sept 9). The move came after an alleged plot to topple Prayut by amassing no-confidence votes against him in last week’s censure debate.

“The prime minister has informed [His Majesty] that some cabinet ministers are to be removed from the cabinet for propriety and interest of administration,” read the announcement.

It was released not long after a resignation letter signed by Capt Thamanat was circulated online yesterday. There was no reason offered in the letter about why he resigned.

Capt Thamanat stands accused of manoeuvring the ouster campaign which allegedly involved a number of PPRP heavyweights and renegade members of micro-coalition partners and politicians in the main opposition Pheu Thai Party.

Prayut did not appear coy about the sackings when asked by journalists on the matter. He suggested the pair were ousted as opposed to them resigning. “It’s my reason. It’s my business,” he said.

Speculation is rife that the sackings have something to do with the alleged campaign to challenge the prime minister’s power. The campaign’s aim was said to replace Prayut and rebuild a government that would result in a cabinet reshuffle, where certain key politicians in the PPRP, who are now deputy ministers, would be elevated to full ministers of A-grade ministries.

Prayut insisted yesterday that work would not be disrupted by the pair’s departure and said he was not considering a cabinet reshuffle. The PPRP would have to discuss the matter.

A government source said a cabinet reshuffle is on the cards and more seats could be awarded to the Bhumjaithai Party which is said to command 60 votes in the House.

Internal - Phuket Live Radio 89.5

The PPRP is also likely to make an internal revamp with Deputy Finance Minister Santi Promphat tipped to replace Capt Thamanat as the party’s secretary-general, said the source.

A source in the PPRP said yesterday the fate of Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon hangs in balance following the dismissal of the pair who are his close aides.

It is possible that Gen Prawit will step back and let Prayut take the helm, the source said.

A source close to Prawit said Prayut personally informed the PPRP leader of the dismissals yesterday afternoon at the latter’s house.

The PPRP leader was said to be taken off guard by the prime minister’s move but respected his decision, according to the source.

Meanwhile, Capt Thamanat told the media that he had mulled over his future for several months and decided to resign from the cabinet so that he could focus on his work as an MP. He said he quit because he was weary of the political divisions in the country and noted the atmosphere in the cabinet was even worse.

Asked if the resignation was related to the alleged plot, he said he informed Prawit of his decision on Monday but he was asked to reconsider.

Capt Thamanat also indicated that he was considering leaving the PPRP and refused to say if some PPRP members would join him. He insisted he and Prawit remained on good terms. He also said he would reduce his role in the party and noted that he would never step into the PPRP’s office.

“I’ve been wooed by many political parties. It can be the Phayao Party or Palang Phayao Party or others. I’ve made arrangements and you’ll see soon,” he said.

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.


Kurt | 10 September 2021 - 10:31:29

Does the RTP not feel funny that in Australia convicted and served 4 years prison time for being gang leader of international heroin smuggling ( in Singapore he would have hanged) mr Thamanat still referred to as RTP Captain? The ex PM in exile in Dubai lost his RTP rank ( Colonel), and all his decorations.


Have a news tip-off? Click here


Phuket community
Myanmar junta court jails Suu Kyi for six years for corruption

@Kurt I thought this article is about Myanmar/Suu Kyi . Now you want to start to "hijack...(Read More)

Spearfishing Dutchman nabbed in Phuket

Another Dutch idiot who likes to post/show his stupidity on the internet. Stabbing a moray eel in th...(Read More)

Malaysia eyes Thai weed policy

... smelling pot. He was shocked. Quite funny reaction. The police must act, he said. Huh? His sense...(Read More)

Malaysia eyes Thai weed policy

One good lesson Malaysia can learn from Thai way of legalizing is: First make the laws, implement an...(Read More)

Students warned of dangers of using online media

Sorry for mr Prakob, the way he stands for to 'protect' children and young people by 'ma...(Read More)

Myanmar junta court jails Suu Kyi for six years for corruption

Lucky Officialdom here that Thailand has no culture of punishing corruption. Unless it is done to st...(Read More)

New plan to allow later boozing draws flak

I beleive Britain found that keeping bars open later reduced drunk driving, people stay in the bar ...(Read More)

OAG to indict four over Billy’s death

Are there actually any government employess, especially the senior ones, who are honest and trustwor...(Read More)

Kata Beach to host music festival

Perfect. Just as the worst of the monsoon season is upon us let's have another outdoor event alm...(Read More)

Delivery driver faces charge after student struck by pickup

Charged with reckless driving because a child ran on to the road in front of him?!? Seriously!! Get ...(Read More)